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Arson fire damages Sekhet-Maat Lodge building

Portland Fire and Rescue investigators suspect arson in an early morning fire that damaged the exterior of the Sekhet-Maat Lodge in Southeast Portland.

Fire investigators said the blaze that was started on the outside of the building caused about $5,000 damage to the structure and about $1,000 damage to the lodge's contents.

No suspects have been identified in the fire.

Firefighters were called at about 3:16 a.m. Monday, July 4, to the lodge at 1409 S.E. Stark St., where they discovered the fire in the front part of the building. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

The Sekhet-Maat Lodge is a religious group representing the Ordo Templi Orientis in Portland. According to the group, Ordo Templi Orientis means the Order of Oriental Templars, or Order of the Temple of the East, 'which is dedicated to securing the liberty of the individual and his or her advancement in light, wisdom, understanding, knowledge and power through beauty, courage and wit, on the Foundation of Universal Brotherhood.'

According to the group, the name Sekhet is based on the Egyptian root sekhem, meaning 'to be powerful, mighty, violent.' The name Maat is also from the Egyptian root ma'at, meaning 'the principle of truth, justness, and its measure.'